Sports Performance Tracking (SPT) has received approval from FIFA for in-game use of its SPT2 GPS device according to the federation’s International Match Standard (IMS) for Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems.
In order to meet FIFA’s requirements for in-game use, the SPT2 GPS device was required to pass extensive testing which covers playing safety, performance, durability, quality assurance and playing comfort.
As well as receiving FIFA approval, the SPT2 has also received certification from the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) which has stated the technology meets industry manufacturing standards.
While the SPT’s products are already being used in over 100 countries across six continents, the FIFA approval will enable SPT’s simple and accessible solution of athlete monitoring to be used by teams in FIFA governed competitive games.
Steven Bladeni, SPT COO, stated: “Getting FIFA approval is a huge step for SPT. We’re extremely proud to be able to provide affordable technology that also meets International Standards to schools, colleges, amateur and semi-professional teams all over the world. It is great to have this recognition from FIFA.”
The main focus of the approval is to ensure that elite level wearables are accessible to semi-professional and aspiring sporting teams, however, it has FIFA approval has also become an important requirement due to the fact that an ever increasing number of SPT’s customers are analysing and managing player performances in a professional manner.
This certification is a very timely one as SPT continues its rapid expansion into the US market, while also launching a new Integrated Heart Rate Vest which will allow teams to measure the internal load of athletes.
Moving forward, the SPT2 and the new generation technologies will be using FIFA’s IMS logo to denote that it has been approved for use in competition.